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The Week Ahead

Monday: The President and the Vice President will host a National Conference on Mental Health at the White House.  The conference will bring together people from across the country to discuss how we can all work together to reduce stigma and help the millions of Americans struggling with mental health problems recognize the importance of reaching out for assistance.

Tuesday: The President will host President Sebastián Piñera of Chile at the White House.

Wednesday: The President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens to the White House.

Thursday: The President will travel to the Charlotte area as part of his middle-class jobs and opportunity tour.  From there, he’ll travel to San José, California to attend an event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He will spend the night in San José.

Friday: The President will travel to Los Angeles to attend an event for the Democratic National Committee. He will then travel to Palm Springs, California to meet with President Xi Jinping of The People’s Republic of China at Sunnylands, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg estate.  He will remain overnight in Palm Springs.

Saturday: The President will wrap up his meetings with the Chinese President and then will return to Washington, D.C.

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Chat away – newsie stuff in the morning.


146 Responses to “The Week Ahead”


  1. 1 vitaminlover
    May 31, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Busy man.

  2. May 31, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Evening guys.

    Don’t know why, but this song is stuck in my head.

    I’m not much a fan of cover songs, but I do love a good rendition that still holds the skeleton of the original song.

    Luther Vandross – The Impossible Dream

  3. 11 nathkatun7
    May 31, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I am so happy the President is going to be in California next week. I’ve got friends in San Jose who are very excited.

  4. 12 amk for obama
    May 31, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  5. May 31, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Good Evening Chips, TOD…….thoughts and prayers w/ everyone in OK right now.

    • 16 nathkatun7
      May 31, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Yes Indeed, LP! I just now found out that another devastating Tornado has hit Oklahoma. It’s beyond comprehension the trauma that the affected areas of Oklahoma are going through.

      • May 31, 2013 at 8:43 pm

        I can’t watch the coverage…….it’s like disaster porn. The media makes me sick. They throw every resource they have hoping to see what? A person thrown into the air? A house and somebodies livelyhood destroyed? It sickens me to no end..

        • 18 99ts
          May 31, 2013 at 11:06 pm

          I so agree lp – it helps no-one on the ground – but those so serious media tarts can look so serious and thank the Lord that people were saved – or not saved – or whatever.

    • 19 amk for obama
      May 31, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Another one ?

  6. 22 amk for obama
    May 31, 2013 at 8:28 pm

  7. 23 amk for obama
    May 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

  8. May 31, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Good grief, the Oklahoma tornado looks terrifying. But the coverage really is obscene, as if people weren’t frightened enough.

    Stuck with Fox at the moment, Shep Smith: “Disaster is heading their way.”

    Shut the **** up.

    • May 31, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Terrifying beyond words.

      Aside from the horror of the tornadoes themselves, they seem to happen at nightfall.

      I’m 15 miles or so from the 1994 Northridge earthquake, which happened at 4:30 am on January 17.

      I was so grateful to know that it would be light soon, with no power, no utilities. But just the opposite for Oklahoma.

      TWC radar in CA is usually a solid green (boring….). But take a look at this; has anyone seen anything like it before? Isn’t Oklahoma mostly rural? Why the heck are these tornadoes making landfall in the populated areas? (Rhetorical question, I know there’s no answer).

      For those on twitter…

  9. May 31, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I hope all our friends in Oklahoma are safe and out of the way of the tornado.

  10. May 31, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Must read…….the entire news media and professional polling firms were so out of touch, it explains why they are so behind the curve on everything the cover. And what can we say about Gallup…they had PBO #’s going down after Mitts 47% video!!!

  11. 28 hopefruit2
    May 31, 2013 at 8:36 pm

  12. May 31, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    The RWNJ Smoking gun lasted about 6 hours…..before having a canyon size hole blown through it.

  13. May 31, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    OMG. One of the Encore networks is showing classic mini-series all next month. There are at least 2 mini-series to this day that I vividly remember watching and loving. Roots, of course, and The Thorn Birds. I remember watching the mini-series and LOVING.IT.!!! So you know I’m gonna be DVR’ing The Thorn Birds so I can see the conflict between Father Ralph and Maggie’s lust and love and the church.

    So who else remembers watching the Thorn Birds back in the day and did ya love it like I did???

    Ooh, wonder if it’s on Netflix

    • May 31, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Loved the book Lamh, the series not so much because Richard Chamberlain always gave me the creeps! 😕

      • May 31, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        I actually saw the series first Chips and read the book as a result of it. I swear the Thornbirds is what started my now lifetime love of trashy romance novels. Started with Historicals when I younger and still continues today with more contemporary fare…lol

    • 40 forus50
      May 31, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      I’m with you lamh. LOL, I can’t get enough of The Thorn Birds!! I read the book first and loved it but loved the movie just as much. Jacqueline Bissett was perfect for this role and I’m not a Richard Chamberlain fan either but I really, really liked him in this. What a tough life Meggie had but damn she did have a great love, huh?

      • 41 MightyPamela
        May 31, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        Forus50, this actress is Rachel Ward, an Australian woman, married to Bryan Brown for ever…..

        • 42 forus50
          May 31, 2013 at 10:22 pm

          oh right, arghhh. Thanks for correcting!

          • 43 MightyPamela
            May 31, 2013 at 11:46 pm

            Another of our faves, if you like epic tales, is A Town Like Alice. Stars Bryan Brown, set in WWII, nearly 4 hours long and a wonderful story. I enjoyed the book as well, the books generally grab me more than the films, as there is always so much depth in the written word which cannot be brought to the screen.

    • 44 MightyPamela
      May 31, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      I do remember and I do love it, and I do love the book! For me, it’s mostly the Australian-ness of it ~ I have a deep reaching love of Australia and all things Australian, tho my daughter tells me it is not the same place I lived in the late 70’s – mid 80’s. I will have Mt ashes scattered off the SW Cape of Tasmania. That’s all settled…..

      • 45 Obama Grandmama
        May 31, 2013 at 10:50 pm

        I definitely remember Thorn Birds being one of many of the popular tv mini series of novels that ran around a week. Those were the days when we did not have video players to record the shows, no Netflix to get DVDs in the mail or online, no Tivos. It was a time where we had to commit to watching the show each evening for a couple hours and we did! Roots, North and South, The Thorn Birds, Winds of War and probably more I have forgotten were novels well done without the usual compaction of the whole book in a couple of hours leaving out many characters in the process. It was refreshingly close to the actual books done with good actors/actresses.

        • June 1, 2013 at 12:14 am

          Centennial! And what was the one with the two brothers (one was Michael Moriarty)? One was a Nazi and one was not. It was great!

      • 47 99ts
        May 31, 2013 at 11:15 pm

        Hey Pamela – you do live our “sunburnt country” – have you ever been north of Cairns? The sea is so blue and the sky reflects same – it is truly God’s little corner of my world.

        • 48 99ts
          May 31, 2013 at 11:15 pm

          live = love – sigh

        • 49 MightyPamela
          May 31, 2013 at 11:42 pm

          Yes, but only to the Daintree River, where we of course took the crocodile tour, fascinating! I lived in Cairns briefly, worked on Green Island before locating down to The Whitsundays where I stayed 8 months one trip, and 3 months a year later. L.o.v.e.d it!!! Taught skiing two seasons at Mt Perisher, then settled in Sydney for nearly 4 years at the end of my time there. Daughter is an Australian citizen by descent.

          • 50 99ts
            June 1, 2013 at 12:18 am

            I haven’t been to the cape – my husband has a couple of times – he is much more adventurous than I am. But the colors anywhere north of Cairns are just amazing. You have almost seen more of Australia than I have seen – although I have been lucky in my choice of husband – he has work trips all over the place & for the last 10 years I have often travelled with him – just realized I have travelled every state – although only lived in 2 on the east coast.

  14. May 31, 2013 at 8:45 pm

  15. May 31, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  16. 54 Nena20409
    May 31, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Wow….OK is just being pummeled. My goodness….this sounds awful and dangerously scary.

  17. May 31, 2013 at 9:12 pm

  18. May 31, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    “Fraudulent as it is, we have listened repeatedly to versions of this bogus comparison uttered by figures as diverse as former Fox News commentator Dick Morris and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, alongside a phalanx of Republican politicians, including Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – whose latest attack ad directly links Obama with Nixon.

    Only in a country afflicted with chronic historical amnesia could they issue such accusations without shame or embarrassment. Only under those circumstances could the Republicans continue their fitful fabrication of a “Democratic Watergate” without fear of being laughed off the stage.”

  19. May 31, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Now St. Louis.

  20. 60 globalcitizenlinda
    May 31, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    in photo, PBO looks so alone inside AF1

    • 61 forus50
      May 31, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      My first thought was that he was on a conference call. (I unfortunately can relate – those calls are usually set up in the conference room and if no one else is in there you just sit on the table!)

      • 62 anniebella
        May 31, 2013 at 10:06 pm

        POTUS and FLOTUS have said many times how they missed just being able to be regular folks, take a walk, sit out at a cafe and read the paper, and watch people walk by, go to Target, even date night has to be arranged, set up, I have a feeling sometime it hits them that they gave up alot. Don’t get me wrong I know they appreciate the honor they have been given to serve, to be President and First Lady, but to me it is understandable that every now and then you might miss just being old Barack and Michelle.

  21. May 31, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Sirens heard in Joplin. This is horrible. Avoid cable news andtry to find local coverage. Usually much better.

    I seem to remember that Carolyn was going on vacation. I hope I am correct. And one of the regulars at B-J, soonergrunt, is in that area. Hope he is okay.

  22. 64 japa21
    May 31, 2013 at 9:48 pm

  23. 66 MightyPamela
    May 31, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I’m sure he seldom has a moment to himself from dawn to dusk, maybe to go potty, but our Pete Souza is never far away! Bless him, it would be maddening for me to not have any kind of solitude. Let’s get some candles going, these tornados are serious stuff…
    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  24. 67 japa21
    May 31, 2013 at 9:53 pm

  25. 69 anniebella
    May 31, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I hope and pray no one is hurt from the tornados.

  26. 70 anniebella
    May 31, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    No Lawrence O’Donnell tonight.

  27. May 31, 2013 at 9:57 pm

  28. May 31, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Saw that Bobfr had posted about St. Louis upthread.

    Not seeing much activity now on Twitter, and I think the Tornado warnings are expiring in the next 15 minutes or so.

    Hopefully Oklahoma and Missouri seen the worst these storms will offer tonight.

  29. May 31, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    For Japa, upthread. Good news?

    • 74 japa21
      May 31, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      That is good news. I saw another tweet that reported the event so I hope it was just some panic report.

  30. May 31, 2013 at 10:07 pm

  31. 76 anniebella
    May 31, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    56 Kids chef will join First Lady at the Kid’s State Dinner in July. Who knows POTUS might stop by like he did the last time.

  32. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    May 31, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Chips and night owls –

    Save my place – leavin’ tomorrow morning on a little trip to attend my granddaughter’s high school graduation in Florida! Will be back next Friday and will “come lookin’ for you”! I shall re-introduce myself when I return! Take extra good care of President Obama in my absence, please, and give him my regards. Joey B, too. Love them and all of you!

    Also seeing my 2-year-old great grandson, so I hope I remember the names of all the others in my family, since I will definitely be heading straight to him! Cannot wait to wrap my arms around that boy. He asked me to bring him a lollipop and a helicopter, so I will make that happen. I wouldn’t want to be his first “betrayal” in life!

    I’ll be in and out here tonight, but my brain might not be as “clear” (Ha!) as it is now, because I am practically overwhelmed with excitement, at tis point!

    Praying for everybody in OK and St. Louis and beyond. Good luck.

  33. 91 anniebella
    May 31, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Good night all.

  34. 93 dotster3
    May 31, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    HBO’s Vice is an excellent program—–just watched an episode of ‘the rising tides of climate change’—–all the increase in violent weather which is predicted to continue and increase—-the coasts are in trouble, scientists saying those populations will have to move inland. And someone asked “Can you imagine having to move New York City? And of course we’re the only developed country which still has those in denial—-they’re called Republicans—-and how the Koch Bros have been spending hundreds of millions in anti-climate change messaging. I think you can watch their episodes online. They’re all super great. Next week—-gun violence in Chgo.

  35. 94 MightyPamela
    May 31, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Goodnight all! Sweet dreams! 🙂

  36. 95 hopefruit2
    May 31, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    John Aravosis is at it again – Blaming the entire black community for a failed SSM vote in the state of Illinois. And he doubles down on his scapegoating of the Black community in the failure of the CA prop 8 several years earlier. Interestingly, Aravosis makes literally no mention of the failed ssm bill in Maine a few years ago. I guess he couldn’t scapegoat blacks. Quite predictably, he wastes no time in quoting Coretta Scott king who talks about homophobia in the Black community. Incidentally, he never quotes either King when they talk about racism towards Blacks.

    • 96 dotster3
      June 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Measure passed in Il. senate but house members were “heavily lobbied by Catholic and conservative African American church groups who are opposed to same sex marriage”. (Trib)

      • 97 hopefruit2
        June 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

        That’s the point right there. The common denominator is religion – and not race. But Avarosis goes a step further to argue that it’s race – specifically, Black homophobia that causes these bills to fail and revisits his CA Prop 8 argument (which was already debunked) that Blacks were responsible for the failure to repeal the anti-SSM bill…

        Furthermore, Aravosis does not blame the entire white/catholic community for the actions of a few rabid and powerful church groups, but he repeatedly blames Black people as a whole for Black religious groups. He was deafeningly silent when the SSM bill got repealed in Maine in 2009. Why? Because there weren’t any Blacks as such that could be scapegoated (the State of Maine is only ~2% Black).

    • June 1, 2013 at 10:30 am

      there are 10 downstate Democrats that would not vote for it. even if every Black Democrat in the Illinois House voted for it, it wouldn’t have passed.

  37. 100 donna dem 4 obama
    June 1, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Flooding in OKC after tornadoes pass in the area

  38. 101 donna dem 4 obama
    June 1, 2013 at 12:28 am

  39. June 1, 2013 at 2:19 am

    time for a bit of rest …

    #TrustBarack Yes We Can

  40. June 1, 2013 at 7:25 am

    With Russia upping the ante in the Syrian Conflict by sending missiles to Syria…one has to wonder if this is more about opposing the US than about supporting Syria….a new version of the Cold War…and what is China doing now…they had originally stood with Russia to block the UN from sanctioning Syria….I see that PBO is meeting with China…this week…perhaps there will be some movement…

    What is Russia’s position on why it continues to side with Syria…

    and in the midst of all this is John McCain stroking the war mongers…trying to undermine the process…when does all this become treason…

    • 105 Don
      June 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

      Great analysis prettyfoot, I think Putin is testing the waters just to see how far he can go with President Obama which tells me he hasn’t yet figured out President Obama. I thought I read somewhere that there was some sort of discrepancy about Putin and if he really sent missiles to Syria. I would keep my eyes on China, they are the real players in this game and they have the technological advantage over almost everyone.

  41. June 1, 2013 at 7:59 am

  42. 107 carolyn
    June 1, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Thanks to all of you for your concern last night…..checking in from OKC. We are fine. Others are not…..that is always the sad part of any storm. The storm came east on I-40, and dipped south, a very strange path to take, in Yukon, the city just west of ours. At one time we looked to be in the path, but we are four or five miles north of I-40, so even before it dipped we were not in the direct path.
    We lost our landline phone, our computer and our TV after a while, so we went to bed earlier than usual. Fortunately, I uploaded the KFOR weather app last weekend, so when all else failed, my little cell phone kept us informed. Then, at 2:00 it woke us up with an alarm of a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM warning…..so, I now appreciate my cell phone more than I ever have.

    For about 45 minutes, I sat in our inside bathroom…..the only room with no outside walls or windows, with my two dogs. My husband stayed in the sunroom watching TV. Today, I think that flooding is going to be the biggest problem.

    However, big semis were turned over on the highway, and the Tornado Hunt Car of Jim Bettis of the weather channel, was beaten up. terribly. He got out safely but dazed, but seeing the car, I can hardly believe it. Once again our local people did a terrific job. Our local people were reporting on The Weather Channel people, and checking on them.

    There were five deaths last night……We are getting an in-ground storm shelter this summer or fall…….there are now shelters that can be put in the garage, and cars can drive over them……our neighbor about four houses up the block had one put in this past week. Good timing!

    Today, the first of June is very cool, feels like the first of April. But heat will come soon enough.

    Again, thanks for the concern expressed.

    • 108 a4alice
      June 1, 2013 at 8:33 am

      thanks for letting us know how you are Carolyn!

    • 109 Layla
      June 1, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Carolyn, so happy to hear from you! Glad you are OK, everybody was worried about you, Sad to hear about the loss of life and damage again…stay safe.

    • 110 dotster3
      June 1, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Thanks for checking in and the update. Glad you’re okay. TOD peeps were worried about you. That shelter sounds like an excellent idea. I know you said Oklahomans are used to ‘tornado season’, but this seems particularly harsh with more frequent storms this year. It has to be exhausting and emotionally draining for the people there.

    • 111 hopefruit2
      June 1, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Thanks Carol for the update. Glad that you & loved ones are safe!! Sorry to hear of the five individuals who lost their lives. I hope such losses are minimized with future storms.

    • 112 mtmarilyn
      June 1, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Thanks for letting us know. Keep safe.

    • 113 africa
      June 1, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Glad to know you all are OK.

    • 114 amk for obama
      June 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Good to know you’re doing OK. Mebbe time to move from OK ? 🙂

    • 115 canadabarb4obama
      June 1, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Thank goodness you, hubby & houndbabies are ok.

    • 116 desertflower
      June 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Glad you’re ok…we were all very worried about you.

  43. 117 a4alice
    June 1, 2013 at 8:34 am

    DUDETTE – wherever you are. Check this trailer out. It’s too funny. I have to see this when it comes to our town.

  44. 118 forus50
    June 1, 2013 at 8:43 am

    lol

  45. June 1, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Mooooooorning everyone! Just working on R&S, done soon …… ish.

  46. 122 Nena20409
    June 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Finally, AP tells Us. “Obama Economy” is showing some STRENGTH. Hmm?

    Isn’t that special. 6.7M jobs in 38 months later? Hmm?

    Good Morning TODers and Lurkers.

    Obama: Economy showing signs of strength

    June 1, 2013 09:10 AM EST |

    Compare other versions »
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the economy is showing new signs of strength. He’s pointing to the auto industry, new jobs and a recovering housing market as signs of progress.

    In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama calls on Congress to do more to ensure that progress continues. He’s asking lawmakers to invest in roads and bridges, pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul and let homeowners save money by refinancing at low interest rates.

    Obama says there’s reason to be optimistic about the country’s direction, but there are more jobs to create and more kids to educate.

    • 123 hopefruit2
      June 1, 2013 at 9:30 am

      And they’re not even saying that the “Obama economy is showing strength.” They are saying that “Obama says that the economy is showing strength.” In other words, AP is really saying: that’s HIS (Obama’s words), not ours.

      • 124 Nena20409
        June 1, 2013 at 9:42 am

        I know, HF2. They are reporting it…… Usually, they have ignored Good News and found a Negative to be their headline. They didn’t start with the DOW off on Friday with 208 points.

        GM HF2. How are You ❓

        • 125 hopefruit2
          June 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

          True – at least for AP, it’s a change from the usual blaring negative headlines.

          G’morning to you and doing very well Nena – thanks 🙂

      • 126 Nena20409
        June 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

        Last, Calling it the “Obama Economy” as they quickly all started saying “Obamacare” pejoratively while the economy is Strengthening and the ACA is shown to be doing well in CA, WA, OR, etc……That is a great thing for Folks will continue to see progress and pres Obama and the Dems would benefit.

      • 127 africa
        June 1, 2013 at 9:55 am

        Yep. But will quickly say Obama spied, wrote memo, blah, blah. Wonder why people don’t give a whit about their so-called scandal.

        • 128 hopefruit2
          June 1, 2013 at 9:59 am

          Indeed, africa. By all objective accounts – the economy is definitely improving, yet AP feels the need to quote this recovery as something that Obama said. When it comes time to regurgitating GOP talking points as fact, there is no quoting…they just place it in their headlines as if it’s an objective truth.

    • 130 Nena20409
      June 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Here’s more to Support AP “new” Change in their Report about the “Obama Economy”
      http://ap-gfkpoll.com/uncategorized/poll-obama-benefitting-from-improving-economy

  47. 131 Nena20409
    June 1, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Now…here’s the TBGOPers’ Version according to AP on ACA…..Obama Cares;

    Republican vs. Republican on covering uninsured

    RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR AND BOB CHRISTIE | June 1, 2013 09:06 AM EST |

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    WASHINGTON — It’s Republican vs. Republican in the latest round of political battles over health care.

    Conservative Republican legislators in major states are trying to block efforts by more pragmatic governors of their own party to accept health insurance for more low-income residents under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

    Unlike their congressional counterparts, who’ve misfired in repeated attempts to torpedo the law, state Republicans may well sink the expansion of Medicaid in populous states such as Florida and Michigan.

  48. 133 amk for obama
    June 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

    United Nations: More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in May, the highest monthly death toll since the sectarian violence of 2006-7.

    May you rot in hell, dubya, darth, dumbsfeld and other war criminal neocon motherfuckahs.

    Pahdon my FF.

    • 134 Don
      June 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

      I love the way you say “motherfuckahs,” its so hot.

      • 135 anniebella
        June 1, 2013 at 9:43 am

        amk, this is what piss me off how these right wing bastards can run around here talking about 4 Americans were kill in Benghazi. I blame the sorry ass media also, because they decided to go along with the Republicans because they don’t like this administration.

  49. 136 Linda
    June 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

    So Adorable…….

    • June 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

      🙂 From the mouths of babes… and his logic was very persuasive.

    • 138 Nena20409
      June 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

      I loved this and little Luiz’ reasoning. Even Mama had to laugh in agreement. Was that in Portuguese? Luiz is a bright young kid. So thoughtful at his tender age.

  50. 139 amk for obama
    June 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

  51. 141 Allison
    June 1, 2013 at 10:10 am

  52. 142 desertflower
    June 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

    http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/pressroomredirect.cfm?ID=3901

    Winnsboro, Texas – Dozens of anomalies, including dents and welds, reportedly have been identified along a 60-mile stretch of the southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, north of the Sabine River in Texas.

    In the past two weeks, landowners have observed TransCanada and its vendor, Michels, digging up the buried southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline on their properties and those of neighbors in the vicinity of Winnsboro, Texas. Some of the new pipeline has been in the ground on some owners’ land for almost six months. It is believed that problems identified on this section of the Keystone XL route must have triggered the current digging, raising questions from landowners about the safety of the pipeline and the risk to personal property and water supplies.

    Landowners are concerned that this digging is indicative of faulty pipeline along the route that could potentially leak and threaten water supplies, and have requested TransCanada and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to provide more information about the work.

    The anomalies and other problems were reported to landowners along the line and a Public Citizen consultant by several TransCanada vendors, including an independent inspector and a right-of-way representative. (To see a video of several landowners discussing the pipeline problems, visit http://youtu.be/Uf0Vi3dp5bc.)

    • 143 desertflower
      June 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Oh…and this:

      The proposed branch of the Keystone XL pipeline is likely to increase gas prices for Americans, contradicting claims by pipeline proponents, a recent Public Citizen report found.

  53. 144 desertflower
    June 1, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Thank you National Weather Service for all you do, everyday, to keep Americans informed!! Good govt at work!!

  54. 146 amk for obama
    June 1, 2013 at 10:22 am


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